Family arrested in food-stamp-for-meth scheme

Family arrested in food-stamp-for-meth scheme

Family arrested in food-stamp-for-meth scheme

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 25 at 5:50 PM

FALLS CITY, Ore. – Cops arrested a Polk County family in a food-stamp-for-meth scheme, police said.

It all started Wednesday when deputies arrested 29-year-old Randall Moore (pictured left) of Falls City for possession of methamphetamine. When deputies were locking him up, they found five Oregon Trail government assistance cards that didn’t belong to him, said Sgt. Tyrone Jenkins with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators learned people were trading their cards to Moore for cash and drugs.

Cops then tracked down 31-year-old Alex Melcher and arrested him Thursday for unlawfully obtaining and disposing of assistance.

Authorities decided to get a search warrant for Moore’s home where they went back and arrested him on numerous other charges. Police also arrested 59-year-old William Moore (pictured middle) and 38-year-old Shellie Utley (pictured right) at the home.

Randall Moore was booked in the Polk County Jail on numerous charges related to food stamp fraud and possession of methamphetamine and other drugs. His bail was set at $140,000.

Utley was booked on numerous drug charges. Her bail was set at $57,000.

William Moore was charged with interfering with police and tampering with evidence.

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